Have you been thinking about getting a Realtor license in Texas? Smart move!
Real estate agents enjoy rewarding work, unlimited earning potential and a lot of control over their work schedule. Plus, real estate markets across Texas are known for their stability and upward trajectory.
Getting your Texas Realtor license is the first step in building your successful real estate career in the Lone Star State. So, you may be asking yourself what needs to be done to qualify for a real estate license in Texas. Let’s take a closer look!
Can I Get My Texas Realtor License with AceableAgent?
Yes! The Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) allows you to complete the education requirements either online or in the classroom with an approved provider. And AceableAgent offers TREC-approved courses! If you want to get a Texas real estate license using the AceableAgent app here’s what you have to do.
1. Complete the Required Real Estate Courses
Like most other states, Texas requires that real estate license applicants meet certain education requirements. The first step in getting your real estate license is to complete 180 hours of real estate courses.
The real estate courses will cover topics like:
Real estate agency law in Texas
Real estate finance
Real estate principles
The AceableAgent Texas real estate bundle of the courses includes everything you need to meet this education requirement - plus, a whole lot more to help you with the next steps.
2. Apply for a Texas Real Estate Agent License
Once you finish the courses we’ll send you a certificate of completion for your required hours of education. You can input the information when you apply to the state for your inactive real estate agent license. (The license you’re applying for is considered inactive because it can’t be active until you sign with a real estate broker.)
Applications can be submitted online or by mail. You’ll fill out the form, pay the application fee and provide permission for a background check to be conducted.
3. Get Your Fingerprints Taken
After submitting an application for a Texas real estate license you’ll also make an appointment to be fingerprinted during this stage of the process. The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) needs the fingerprints to do a background check.
If the Commission determines there is something questionable in the background check you’ll be notified that an investigation is underway and what steps need to be taken. As soon as the state completes the background check and approves your application, they will send you a notification of eligibility to take the real estate exam.
4. Pass Your Real Estate Exam
With your eligibility notification in hand, you can focus on passing the Texas real estate exam, which is administered by PearsonVUE. TREC will send you instructions on how to set up a test time. You’ll also be given information on how to obtain the Candidate Handbook. It’s a fantastic resource that explains the testing process and what type of questions will be included on the exam.
The Texas real estate exam isn’t easy. Only around 60% of test-takers pass the sales agent exam. But here’s the good news: over 95% of AceableAgent students pass that same exam!
Unlimited Texas real estate exam prep and practice tests
Free exam proctoring (the proctoring alone is a $90 value)
With AceableAgent you have the resources you need to pass your exam and get your Texas real estate license. In fact, if you don’t pass your test, AceableAgent will give you your money back as part of our Ace the Exam Guarantee. That’s how confident we are in our system!
5. Find a Licensed Texas Broker and Get Your Real Estate License
Once you pass your real estate exam, the state will automatically issue your inactive real estate agent license. You can make this license active by finding a broker that’s actively licensed in Texas to sponsor you.
AceableAgent can even help with this step! The Broker Matching Program can help you find a reputable broker, not only to sponsor you, but also to provide additional training, help you start networking and set you up for long-term success.
Once you’ve found the perfect Texas broker you’ll need to fill out a Sponsorship Request form. Your broker will then have to accept the request. As soon as it’s accepted an active license will be issued, and you can legally work as a real estate agent in Texas!
Going From Texas Real Estate Agent to Realtor
There’s one final detail you can’t ignore. At this point, you only have a Texas real estate agent license. To claim that you are a Realtor you need to join the National Association of Realtors® (NAR).
Many people don’t realize that real estate agents cannot call themselves Realtors unless they are members of the NAR because it is a special designation. Joining NAR comes with a number of other perks, and it’s the final step in becoming licensed as a Texas Realtor.
Even if you’re just starting to think about getting your Realtor license, you’re only five steps away from making it happen! And AceableAgent can help you every step of the way.
*This article was updated on 6/25/2020.